Taking time to rebuild


THIS year is shaping up as a rebuilding year for the Woodlands premier side after the loss of 12 players either through injury, retirement or players moving offshore.
It is hoped the combination of the existing core players, together with players promoted from the side’s development team and new players into the province, will ensure the team remains competitive throughout the season.
The introduction of three players from Waikato — Wharenui Hawera, Leigh Bristowe and Joe Walsh — has provided stability in key areas for the side, with all three players hoping to push for higher honours.
Jason Rutledge remains the cornerstone of a hardened pack, with captain Andrew Mackintosh, Jack Falloon and Michael Gellatly expected to perform strongly. This year shapes up as a big year for Falloon who will be looking to cement a place in the Stags side.
The back line has the potential to open opposition up, with Tauasosi Tuamavave and Theo Herewini-Harden expected to feature prominently. Tuamavave is seen as a leader and a player capable of playing Super Rugby.
Sven Penwarden will join the side late following a stint of playing rugby in Germany, and his combination with attacking weapon Gabriel Pickering will be crucial in Woodlands’ quest to add yet another Galbraith Shield in an Olympic year.
The side understands that over the past decade Woodlands have been the best performed club and they are keen to add to that legacy.
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